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Inside Iowa State
Aug. 29, 1997

Former Carver scholar to direct African American Studies

by Steve Sullivan

J. Herman Blake, vice chancellor for undergraduate education and professor of sociology, anthropology and education at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, has been named director of African American Studies.

Blake will be joined at Iowa State by his wife, Emily Moore, founding president of Scholars for Educational Excellence and Diversity Inc., which provides services to agencies and institutions committed to academic excellence for diverse populations. Moore has been appointed a professor in the College of Education, with joint appointments in health and human performance and professional studies.

Blake and Moore were on campus in January as George Washington Carver Scholars.

"Having J. Herman Blake and Emily Moore on our campus as Carver scholars was a great honor," said President Martin Jischke. "Attracting two scholars of such distinction to our faculty permanently is outstanding for Iowa State."

Blake and Moore will start at ISU during second semester.

African American Studies is a cross-disciplinary program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In addition to serving as director of African American Studies, Blake also will hold a joint professorship in the College of Education's professional studies department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' sociology department.

"J. Herman Blake and Emily Moore are committed to higher education," said Provost John Kozak. "Having these two outstanding scholars on our faculty holds great benefits for our students and enhances our campus' diversity."

Blake has been vice chancellor for undergraduate education at Indiana University Purdue University since 1989. Previously, he was the Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor of Social Change at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania; an instructor at the Lilly Endowment Workshop on the Liberal Arts, Indianapolis, Ind.; and a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Blake has written extensively on social change, liberal education and diversity. He co- authored a book, Revolutionary Suicide, with black activist Huey Newton.

He received a B.A. (1960) in sociology from New York University, New York City; and an M.A. (1965) and a Ph.D. (1974) in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Moore has been president of Scholars for Educational Excellence and Diversity since 1996. Prior to this, she held several administrative positions with the Concordia University System. She served as presidential adviser for program development and vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Concordia College in St. Paul, Minn. She served as interim academic dean, dean of education and chair of the division of education and psychology, and director of student teaching at Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Moore received a B.S. (1968) from George Williams College, Downers Grove, Ill.; an M.A. (1972) in health education from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.; and an Ed.D. (1980) in health education and administration from the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Valerie Grim has been serving as interim director of African American Studies since February and will remain in that position until Blake's arrival. Grim is a visiting professor in the history department from Indiana University.

She will host a reception for Blake and Moore from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at the Black Cultural Center, 517 Welch Ave.

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